We got a first look at the performance of some of the budget options in Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake lineup. One leaker has released benchmarks for the Core i5-12400, which would ship with six cores and 12 threads, but it will lack the most unique feature of Alder Lake chips – hybrid architecture.
The benchmarks were shared on the Bilbili forum before being spotted by the Twitter leaker @ 9550pro. It shows benchmarks in AIDA64, Cinebench R20, and CPU-Z, each squarely measuring CPU performance. And the results are impressive.
Retail i5 12400
Single core up to 4.4G
all cores up to 4Ghttps: //t.co/9Czi4ToE8p pic.twitter.com/XWR8CQQ4aG
– HXL (@ 9550pro) October 11, 2021
In Cinebench, the Core i5-12400 managed to beat the single-core score of each Ryzen 5000 chip, and it took a good lead over the six-core Ryzen 5 5600X. This matches the previous results from Alder Lake Cinebench that we have seen. Not to mention the price – the Ryzen 5 5600X is a $ 300 chip, while the Core i5-12400 will likely drop closer to $ 200.
The tester used AMD’s Ryzen 7 2700X as a benchmark in CPU-Z. This processor is two generations old at this point, and the Core i5-12400 barely managed to take a lead in the multi-core test. But the Ryzen 7 2700X comes with eight cores, while the Core i5-12400 would only have six. It’s a big performance improvement.
You can see how much of an improvement this is in the single-core result, where the Intel chip is almost 40% faster. Rumors suggest that Alder Lake’s launch is only a few weeks away, so this is likely the final design that Intel uses. As always, however, it’s important to take pre-release benchmarks for what they are – unchecked.
AIDA64 is a stress and stability testing tool, and there the tester found that the chip only consumed 78.5 watts of power at 4 GHz and 100% utilization. It also managed to stay below 60 degrees Celsius, although we have no way of knowing what type of cooling the tester was using. Still, this result seems to indicate that Intel is solving one of the biggest problems with its Rocket Lake chips by reducing heat and power consumption.
Overall, Alder Lake is shaping up to be the generational leap that Intel promised – and the Core i5-12400 doesn’t even tell the whole story. Rumors suggest that it will only come with the performing (P) Golden Cove cores, not the efficient (E) Gracemont. Chips like the Core i9-12900K will come with both, giving multithreaded workloads a boost.
Alder Lake is almost here, and if the Core i5-12400 performs as well as these benchmarks suggest, it could become the budget gaming processor of choice. As always, we recommend that you wait until third-party reviews are complete before drawing any conclusions about performance. Intel has assured everyone that Alder Lake is still launching in 2021, so we’ll know soon enough how the chips work.
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